Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Popular Nigerian Blogger Offered Residency at the Famous Tyrone Guthrie Centre

Orikinla Offered Residency at the Famous Tyrone Guthrie Centre

Award winning Nigerian artist and writer Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, aka Orikinla Osinachi has been offered residency at the famous Tyrone Guthrie Centre for creative artists at Annaghmakerrig, Ireland.

Orikinla started writing professionally at 18 as a scriptwriter for the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Channel 10 in Lagos in the early 1980s and his drawings for books have been exhibited in Japan when he was 20. He is the author of Children of Heaven (1987), Scarlet Tears of London (2006), Bye, Bye Mugabe (2008), In the House of Dogs (2011), Diary of the Memory Keeper (2013), The Prophet Lied (2013), co-author of Na-ked Beauty (2006), The Language of True Love (2006) and also the most prolific African blogger with over 30 blogs of which the most popular is Nigerians Report Online and Publisher/Editor of Nollywood Mirror, the most circulated publication on Nollywood in paperback, hardcover and Amazon Kindle. He started his Screen Outdoor Open Air Cinema and launched the Screen Naija One Village, One Cinema Project in 2013 and recently started Nollywood Digital that will have an annual Nollywood Digital Cinema Fair every summer. His new social media project iPost Nigeria has attracted the attention of major international companies and organizations. Orikinla is expected to complete his theatrical work "Chi Amanda" during the course of his residency. "Chi Amanda" chronicles the lamentations of three women from the three dominant tribes in Nigeria who fled from different agonies of domestic violence and also tackles the plight of a young woman with the burden of unwanted pregnancy. Orikinla's last major theatrical work "Sleepless Night", the first play on the martyrdom of Chief MKO Abiola and the June 12 Crisis was premiered in July 2002 at the old French Cultural Center in Ikoyi, Lagos. It was co-sponsored by United Artists for Human Development (UAHD), French Cultural Center and Dele Momodu, Publisher of the popular Ovation International magazine. The cast was from the famous Crown Troupe of Africa led by Segun Adefila featured in the award winning documentary "Bariga Boy".
See full biographical profile on http://www.changemakers.com/users/michael-chima-ekenyerengozi.

The centre has since hosted people such as Michael Harding, Loreena Mckennitt, Oonagh Kearney, Derval Symes, Page Allen, Roisin Meaney, Anne Rigney, Gemma Browne, Colette Bryce, Phil Coulter, Brian Kennedy and Peter McCann.

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre is a centre for creative artists at Annaghmakerrig, Newbliss, County Monaghan, Ireland, founded in 1981.
The mansion was the family home of theatrical director Sir William Tyrone Guthrie (2 July 1900 – 15 May 1971).

The centre accommodates eleven residents and there are five self-catering cottages plus a facility and studio for a disabled artist and carer. Each artist must apply individually to the Board of Management and submit examples of their work. To be accepted as a resident, an artist must have demonstrated a proven track record in their field. Facilities include a baby grand piano, seven studios for visual artists, a performance space, an acoustic recording studio, a dark room for black and white photography and a recently added print studio. The ethos of the house is focussed on facilitating creative work within a welcoming, homelike and trusted environment. The only condition of residency is that all the artists must assemble for the evening meal. This was one of the terms of Guthrie’s will as he felt that conversation over good food would encourage creativity and collaboration. The Centre was one of the first North/South collaborations in the early 1980s and was managed as a joint venture by the Arts Council of the North and South of Ireland.

Many artists have commented on the fact that a stay in the Centre has given them the time and space to produce creative work and it is no exaggeration to describe the Centre as a place of heightened creativity.
- See more at: http://www.nigeriansreport.com/2014/03/orikinla-offered-residency-at-famous.html#sthash.RQ8DR0KV.dpuf

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Miss Fair and White Gold Beauty Pageant is the Talk of the Town


The organizers of Miss Fair and White Gold Beauty Pageant is reminding the general public, beauty aficionados and glamorous young women all over the country that the event is coming up on as slated on March 28 2014, at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island Lagos. The Gold carpet starts at 5pm.

According to the Business Development Manager of Bozac Group, Mr. Emma Oko: "the excitement being generated by the event is electrifying and it is going to take the shine off every other beauty contest ever organized in the country before now” It will be recalled that the event had to be rescheduled to this March date in order to accommodate Nigerian Tertiary Institutions Students who have just concluded their exams after the long strikes. The extended date has also accommodated more participants who were able to register for the pageant.

Powered by the Bozac Group, Miss Fair and White Gold beauty pageant is programmed to be a sublime and novel kind of pageantry with a brilliance and surreal excellence that will create a new distinct class for itself among beauty contests. The Event will feature surreal musical performances by Akin Shuga and his band, A-List Stand up Comedians as well as cultural dance troupes along with so many other side attractions. Bozac group is the conglomerate that distributes the Fair and White Gold line of cosmetics, which are available in supermarkets, pharmacies and stores all over the country.

The foreign partners of Bozac Group, Labo Derma in France, one of the world’s largest cosmetic and beauty products research and development laboratory conglomerates, is also honouring the event with the presence of the top most executives.

Miss fair and White Gold is programmed to be an annual contest that will select the brand face for the Fair and White Gold Ultimate line of beauty products and cosmetics. Fair and White Gold comes in a complete line of 13 exceptional skincare, face and Body, day and night formulae for the contemporary Nigerian and African woman who desires the best skincare in the world. Manufactured in France by Labo Derma beauty research facilities, they are specially formulated for all African skin types, from light, to chocolate and ebony, cutting across all skin textures and ethnic systems. The line covers special beauty treatments and formulae for cleansing and exfoliation to, fading and brightening, as well as hydration and protective skincare treatments, to meet all skincare needs and challenges of the modern Nigerian woman.
The essence of the contest is to showcase the ability of Fair and White Gold line of cosmetics to transform the average woman into a paragon of virtuous beauty, glamour and sophistry, and to sustain their beauty with the most naturally effective organic range of beauty care products, without any obtrusion into their God given skin biological profiles.

The Fair and White Gold Range are all formulated with organic ingredients and natural emollients, which cleanses tones, rejuvenates and protect the African Woman’s skin, revealing its natural beauty and sheen and keeping it fresh and supple despite harsh weather conditions and ultraviolet radiation.

Miss fair and White Beauty contest promises to showcase the most beautiful young women in Nigeria with three of them coming out tops to clinch the winning prizes.

· The First prize is a brand new Nissan 2013 Rogue and a Diamond Studded, Russian Jewel Crafted Swarovski Wristwatch.

· 1st Runner-Up will be a Diamond Studded, Russian Jewel Crafted Swarovski Wristwatch and N250,000 cash Prize.

· 2nd Runner Up will be a Diamond Studded, Russian Jewel Crafted Swarovski Wristwatch and N150, 000 Cash Prize.

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Monday, March 03, 2014

Lupita Nyong'o and Steve McQueen Make History As "12 Years a Slave" Wins 3 Oscars!

Kenyan actress Lupita Amondi Nyong’o has become the first Kenyan to be nominated and also win an Oscar by winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards held in Los Angeles, California on Sunday night for her role in the movie "12 Years a Slave" that won the Academy Award for Best Picture and also making history as the first movie from a black director to do so in 86 years of the Oscars. Steve McQueen, the British director was ecstatic as his film also won Best Adapted screenplay.

“Everyone deserves not just to survive but to live, this is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup,” said McQueen in his acceptance speech.

The 2013 historical drama film is an adaptation of the 1853 memoir of the same title by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free negro who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and sold into slavery. He worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for twelve years before his release. The first scholarly edition of Northup's memoir, co-edited in 1968 by Sue Eakin and Joseph Logsdon, carefully retraced and validated the account and concluded it to be accurate.

"12 Years a Slave" received critical acclaim following its release in 2013, and was named the best film of the year by several media outlets. It also proved to be a box office success, earning over $128 million on a budget of $20 million. In 2014, the film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) recognized the film with a Best Film award and a Best Actor award for Nigerian born British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Lupita Nyong'o celebrates her Oscar win in Fred Leighton gold jewelry. (PRNewsFoto/LoveGold)

"When I look down at this golden statue may it remind me, and every little child, that no matter where you are from your dreams are valid," she said. 
Lupita Nyong'o made history by becoming the first Kenyan to win an Oscar.

"You are the pride of Africa!" President Uhuru Kenyatta exclaimed on Twitter celebrating Kenya's first major Oscar win by actress Lupita Nyong'o.
"It is our intention that Lupita becomes the first of an endless line of Oscar nominees and winners from Africa and Kenya," he said.

Read full report on Nigerians Report Online.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Topless Protest at Cinema for Peace

Topless protest at Cinema for Peace

While Nelson Mandela took centre stage at the "Cinema For Peace" gala, feminist activist Inna Shevchenko attracted the media's attention by taking off her top. Rollo Ross reports.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Next To God, Your Wife is the Most Important Thing in Your Life

Next to God, your wife is the most important thing in your life.
~ Dr. Mike Murdock

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Friday, January 31, 2014

John Newman's "Love Me Again" Achieves Gold Status

31 Jan 2014 18:35 Africa/Lagos

John Newman's "Love Me Again" Achieves Gold Status


NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- JOHN NEWMAN 's breakout smash "Love Me Again" has just achieved gold certification by the RIAA for digital sales in excess of 500,000. Moreover, early stateside champion SiriusXM Hits 1, which played the song before any major radio outlet, has officially spun the song over 1,000 times since first adding it into regular rotation late last summer. The value and reach of the satellite radio juggernaut has proven a major catalyst for breaking the UK singer, songwriter, and producer, consistently exposing him to a massive American audience before anyone. They also continue playing the single non-stop, fueling his fire even further.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130227/NY67645LOGO )

NEWMAN's debut full-length,  Tribute  [Republic Records], recently hit shelves in the U.S., and the rising soul pop impresario enjoyed a triumphant release week highlighted by a much talked (and tweeted) about performance on NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Meanwhile, the record peaked at #2 on the iTunes Pop Albums Chart and #5 on the Overall Albums Chart. He also recently enchanted The Ellen DeGeneres Show with another astounding live turn.
About the success of "Love Me Again"Republic Records Executive Vice President  Charlie Walk  comments, "SiriusXM Hits 1, the nation's most listened to Pop radio platform led the way back in August 2013 with the first spin. 1000 plays later, we thank Kid Kelly and team for believing when no one else did."
Acclaim continues to accumulate for the album.  The New York Times  penned a rave review of Tribute writing, "He may truly be the inheritor of the flamboyant piano-soul-man tradition, in the vein of Mr. Joel and Elton John (even if piano isn't really his instrument)," while  USA Today profiled him in a comprehensive  On The Verge  feature.
NEWMAN returns to the states for a full headline tour this Spring, performing at theaters and clubs across the country. The run commences on March 27 at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., and it'll allow audiences the chance to feel that same energy in a close setting. The run coincides with his first appearance at  Coachella —April 13 and 20, respectively—where he'll play in front of his biggest North American audience to date.
"Love Me Again"  is a bona fide international smash already. It's accumulated over 74 million YouTube/VEVO views to date, and it's gotten the Internet buzzing in a big way as well as gaining steam at Top 40 radio. The track swings from bombastic orchestration to shimmering keys and a resounding horn section. Above the theatrical bounce, his striking voice takes flight. The entire record flaunts a similar swagger and soul, emanating genuine charisma and charm.

In the UK, the song stormed to #1 and remained in the Top 10 for a total of six weeks. Gold certification followed there as well as in eight other territories—Australia, Belgium, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Switzerland, Norway, The Netherlands, Sweden, and New Zealand. Meanwhile, it's gone platinum in the Czech Republic, Norway, and Switzerland and double-platinum in Australia, Italy, and Norway. The track has now topped the iTunes charts not only in the UK but an impressive nineteen other counties, selling over 1,500,000 copies to date. It seems that everybody is succumbing to the sounds of NEWMAN.
Even before the success of "Love Me Again", he had won a legion of fans far and wide having co-written and sang Rudimental's 2012 hit "Feel The Love". This #1 summer smash has now been certified platinum and moved over 800,000 digital downloads in the UK alone.
Get the album here!

3/27/14 Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
3/28/14 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
3/29/14 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
4/2/14 New York, NY – Webster Hall
4/3/14 Montreal, QC – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
4/5/14 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
4/7/14 Chicago, IL – Metro
4/8/14 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
4/10/14 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
4/14/14 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
4/16/14 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
4/17/14 Vancouver, BC – Venue
4/18/14 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

Joseph Carozza
Republic Records

A division of Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company, Republic is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Amy Winehouse, Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Colbie Caillat, Enrique Iglesias, Florence + the Machine, Godsmack, Gotye, Kelly Rowland, Of Monsters & Men, Owl City, among many others.

It is comprised of innovative imprints and digital business ventures including Brushfire (Jack Johnson, G. Love), Cash Money (Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj), Lava Records (Jessie J, Lorde), Loma Vista (Soundgarden, Damian Marley), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), NBC's The Voice (Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery), Republic Nashville (The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, The Eli Young Band), XO (The Weeknd), among others.

SOURCE Republic Records

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Friday, January 10, 2014



The most talked about Nigerian filmmaker in the world at the moment is Lancelot Imasuen for the production of his historical epic "Invasion 1897".
Lancelot Imasuen will have a world press conference on "Invasion 1897" on January 14, 2014, the Centenary of the Death of Oba Ovonramen N’ogbaisi in exile in Calabar, on the 14th of January, 1914, where he was banished by the British Empire. January is also the same month of the epoch of modern Nigeria by the amalgamation of the Lagos Colony, Southern and Northern protectorates on Jan 1, 1914.
Lancelot said the World Press Conference will also highlight the continuity of the cultural heritage of the classic Benin Bronze Art of the Benin Kingdom and historical legacy of the great Benin Empire (1440–1897).

About Invasion 1897

"Invasion 1897" is an epic film based on the invasion of the Benin Kingdom by the British Empire in 1897 and looting the priceless ancient artifacts of the Benin kingdom, including the famous commemorative head and pendant of ivory mask representing Queen Idia (from court of Benin, 16th century) who was the mother of Esigie, the Oba of Benin who ruled from 1504 to 1550. The commemorative head is at the British Museum, while the pendant is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA.
The film has been endorsed by the Benin monarch, Oba Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopolo Erediauwa 1, who also honoured Lancelot Imasuen with the 2013 Oba Erediauwa Excellence Award.
The world premiere of "Invasion 1897" will take place in Benin city, Eddo State, before the end of 2014.

Lancelot Imasuen appreciates the support of Senator Daisy Danjuma, South Atlantic Petroleum Limited and Capt (Dr.) Hosa Okunbor, the Chairman of FEVA TV in Toronto, Canada and his managers, J2konsult in the UK.

Contact: Lancelot Imasuen
Tel: 234 07036041502, 08091990359, 08053818141
Office: IceSlide Studios, 15, Bassie Ogamba Street,
Off Adeniran Oguunsanya Street, Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria.
Website: http://www.invasion1897movie.com/

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